Christopher C. Fennell
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
109 Davenport Hall, MC-148
607 South Mathews Ave., Urbana, Illinois 61801
(312) 513-2683 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an anthropologist and lawyer (MA, U. Pennsylvania; JD, Georgetown U. 1989; Ph.D., U. Virginia 2003), specializing in African diaspora studies, legal anthropology, and historical archaeology as an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Law. I served as the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Head of Anthropology at UIUC from 2010 through 2013. I also teach courses as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. My empirical research addresses the dynamics of social group affiliations among Africans, Europeans, and various social groups within the Americas in the 18th-20th centuries. These research initiatives include interpretative frameworks focusing on diaspora studies, regional systems and commodity chains, social group identities, ethnic group dynamics and racialization, stylistic and symbolic elements of material culture, consumption patterns, and analysis of craft and industrial enterprises.
In addition to teaching courses in anthropology and archaeology, my faculty work includes: faculty affiliate of the Center for African Studies and the Department of African American Studies, offering courses addressing African diaspora subjects and issues of racialization; member of the College of Law faculty, offering interdisciplinary seminars for graduate and law students; and affiliate faculty member of the Department of Landscape Architecture, offering courses on landscape analysis and surveying techniques. Publications, including recent books, research papers, and works in progress, are listed in my resume. I am privileged to work with a number of talented doctoral advisees, including George Calfas (Ph.D. 2013), Kathryn Fay (MA), Jamie Arjona (NSF Graduate Fellowship recipient), Tatiana Niculescu, Zev Cossin (NSF Graduate Fellowship recipient), Shawn Fields (Graduate College Fellowship recipient), Rebecca Schumann (MA), and Kathrina Aben (MAA), and to serve as a committee member for others.
I am the founding editor of the Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage, publisher and past editor of the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter, a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, and a member of the board of directors of the Society for Historical Archaeology. I received the 2009 John L. Cotter Award by the Society for Historical Archaeology for scholarly "achievement which is truly outstanding," the 2010 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities by the Council for Graduate Schools for "outstanding contribution to scholarship," and a University Scholar award (2014-2017).
I am also collaborating on a multi-year research projects concerning: African-American craft innovations and industrial-scale production activities in the Edgefield Pottery District in South Carolina; the social history of New Philadelphia, Illinois, a demographically integrated town founded by a free African American in 1836; Brooklyn, Illinois, the first incorporated black town; and intersections of tradition and modernity in west Ireland. Please follow the links below for information on these projects, an award-winning internet archive focusing on the history and archaeology of the Plymouth Colony, resources I've created for the African Diaspora Archaeology Network, and course materials.
Last updated: June 12, 2014